[Dateline: new York | Author: iSeek]
The New York City art world will see an exciting, original event in the Visitors' Lobby at UN Headquarters as the "Paint for the Planet" exhibition of children's art opens on Thursday, 23 October at 12:30 p.m., to be followed by an auction on 25 October of a selection of the paintings at the Harvard Club in New York .
The exhibition features a selection of stand-out entries, displayed for the first time and chosen from a collection of nearly 200,000 paintings from the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Children's Painting Competitions. Depicting children's fears and hopes for the planet, the paintings are a powerful plea from children for leadership on climate change before it is too late.
The Paint for the Planet web site contains further information, including the catalogue and pre-bid form for the auction, which will raise funds to benefit children affected by climate-related disasters, such as the recent storms and hurricanes in the
Caribbean . The minimum bid for each painting is US$500. The art is also being sold online to enable people around the world to participate. The proceeds will be donated to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.
The exhibition and auction kick off the global United Nations campaign "UNite to Combat Climate Change" to support the call for a definitive agreement at the climate change talks in Copenhagen , Denmark , in December 2009.
The month-long Headquarters exhibition through 18 November also features children's video messages to global leaders on climate change and is open to the public.
After New York , the exhibition will travel to various climate-related events and meetings around the world, culminating in Copenhagen .